Summary: Bought this to upgrade my DS412+. I needed more space to put all my externals in one place. As soon as the move is done, I will move the drives from the 412 to the 1813 to give me around 18Tb (8 x 3Tb Toshiba drives).
Pros: Great product. Solid build. Made mostly of metal (drive trays are plastic but seem to be durable). Trays are screw-less or you can use the supplied screws to mount the drives. Quite for a unit this size. Runs cool. Very low power usage for the size as well. Will do just about anything. Synology's...
Cons: Wished it had an option to dim the power, net and status LEDs, they are a little bright to have in low or dark room (for watching movie etc...).
Cons: If a drive fails and the array needs to rebuild good luck. Always fails for me. Support is completely useless. All they recommend is backup your data. I would not purchase this item again. Do not store important data on it.
Summary: Initially purchased to use as a Plex media server with massive storage but am finding so many more uses for it with available packages. Thus far I'm very pleased. I'm constantly finding built in features I didn't know I wanted till I stumbled upon them.
Pros: Simple to setup, maintain, and operate. CPU handles all the tasks I've thrown at it so far surprisingly well which had me concerned at first.
Pros: I operate several NAS systems from personal size to enterprise. Synology is a great, easy-to use platform and this unit is well built and outstanding value. Loaded it with 4Tb drives and shipped it around the works but it purrs away without problems.
Cons: Synology is like the Mac of NAS systems, it's very user-friendly but not nearly as open as something like FreeNAS. For most users this is a positive thing.
Summary: My APC UPS is on the list of devices listed as compatible but the UPS software says it isn't connected. So I have to manually shut this unit down when there is a power failure. I have had a DS413j for over a year and ran out of space. The UPS not controlling Synology produsts is my only grip.
Pros: Works as expected. I don't use anywhere near all the features on this devices but everything functions with the exception that I can't make it work with my APC UPS unit.
Cons: Wasn't free. My UPS can't control this device.
Summary: Great unit, very easy setup. Helps to know about permissions and already having a set plan on who gets to see what and what folders to create(backups, media, files,etc). Very powerfull and can be used as email and webserver, but I'm not using that(what the iSCSI will be used for in the future!
Pros: Wanted the 8 bay for expansion and flexibility....got all of that and more. Bonding of NIC's for fail over and ability to use for iSCSI (haven't gotten that far yet, next step) are great features. Easy to manage. Logging is great as well to see who is accessing files and where. Would buy again wi...
Cons: Maxing this unit out at first can be very costly. But you can get going small thanks to Hybrid RAID to safe $$ initially and add storage when needed down the road.
Summary: **DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT** EASILY HACKED AND EXPLOITED FOR RANSOM GOOGLE: SYNOLOLOCKER Or simply go to the synology page: http://www.synology.com/en-us/company/news/article/470 Synology was also hacked earlier in the year for a BITMINING MALWARE turning your disk station into a bot.
Summary: I'm running 6x4TB in SHR, and 2x128GB SSD configured in a Read/Write Cache. 3 NICs are configured in a LAG for iSCSI supporting 3 ESXi hosts configured in High Availibility and takes everything we can throw at it.
Pros: - Read / Write* Cache supported with SSD drives (2 minimum) - Multiple NICs for iSCSI multipathing - Expandable chassis This is on par in performance with a cheap SAN, for about $3-4,000 completely kitted out (except for expansion chassis). * Write cache was just enabled in the last couple of upd...
Cons: - I wish they would have included the 4GB ram max instead of requiring an upgrade module. The module is only $25-30 anyway, so go ahead and include. This wasn't enough to deduct an egg, as only those using SSD cache really need the memory.